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Metinvest-Emirates HQ {2014}
Avin Wargunnson
Team Metinvest-Emirates - Ready to push to PT!

The team is successor of Team Metinvest-Slovnaft from 2012 Cdiv2 season (old thread here https://pcmdaily.c...owstart=80).

Year 2013 saw moving up to prestigious PCT division, where the team was doing great for there first year and finished in the middle of the pack. After stabilization year, we are ready to expand our depth, hire at least one new leader and continue pushing higher and higher!

Thanks to the succesful year in 2013,we were able to find common ground with all of our new existing sponsors, with only change coming in bike manufacturer department, where Bianchi is replacing Kuota. You can read more about it here:

Our jersey for 2014:

Main sponsors:


Metinvest is an international vertically integrated mining and steel company owning 24 assets in Ukraine, Europe and the United States and managing each link of the production chain – iron ore and coal mining.
Metinvest CEO Ruslan Popov is a big cycling fan and his idea started this project.
The holding is ready to spend large funds if this idea will have expected results.


Emirates is an airline based at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the largest airline in the Middle East, operating over 2,500 flights per week. The company also operates four of the world's ten longest non-stop commercial flights from Dubai to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, and Houston. Emirates is a subsidiary of The Emirates Group, which has over 50,000 employees, and is wholly owned by the government of Dubai directly under the Investment Corporation of Dubai.

Emirates are not newcomers in the world of sports, as they gave great amounts of money to several well-known football teams and support also Formula 1 and many other activities. Now they enter also the world of cycling, their goal is especially to show their name, to develop the cycling at middle east and to spread their influence to Africa and Mediterranean.

Minor sponsors

Harmony Gold mining - South Africa
Harmony Gold is the third largest gold mining company in South Africa, the 12th largest in the world (2009) and the 5th largest gold producer in the world. The company owns a number of mines including Elandskraal mine and Phakisa Mine.

Our South african sponsor was floding with joy after we managed to sign their home star in person of Nolan Hoffman. His stellar rersults in 2013 only assured Harmony, that they are cooperating with right team. As long as we will hold on our african star, they will support us greatly.

Gruppo Lucchini - Italy
Gruppo Lucchini is the third largest Italian steel group after Gruppo Riva and Techint, with a year production of 3.5 million tonnes. It is specialized in high quality long and special carbon steel products.


Our ever improving italian focus is pleasing music to the ears of this italian company. And since we plan to aquire more of the talented italians, there is no reason for them to leave the bandwagon.

Clothing sponsor


Bike sponsor


Our only change from 2013 to 2014 is switch of the bike manufacturers. We are very happy to have secured contract with famous italian company Bianchi. Bianchi has long tradition of producing both beautiful and functional bikes for road cycling, so we hope for succesful cooperation.

Here you can see our new design of Bianchi frames, made by famous bike designer Fintas:

Avin Wargunnson attached the following file:
metinvest_1.rar [668.75kB / 168 Downloads]

Edited by Avin Wargunnson on 31-03-2014 08:23
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Team history

2012: Metinvest-Slovnaft (Cdiv2)
Squad 2012

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/UKR.png Ruslan Grychenko
Born: 4.2.1981
Wage: 210,000 euros

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/UKR.png Juri Krivtsov
Born: 7.2.1979
Wage: 55,000 euros

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/UKR.png Marlen Zmorka
Born: 19.8.1993
Wage: 50,000 euros

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/UKR.png Marjan Smigunov
Born: 31.12.1988
Wage: 55,000 euros

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/UKR.png Denis Kostjuk
Born: 13.5.1982
Wage: 50,000 euros

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/UKR.png Maxim Rudenko
Born: 12.10.1979
Wage: 50,000 euros

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/UKR.png Vladimir Djudja
Born: 6.1.1983
Wage: 50,000 euros

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/ITA.png Antonio Bucciero
Born: 19.4.1982
Wage: 60,000 euros

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/ISR.png Idan Shapira
Born: 1.1.1989
Wage: 50,000 euros

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/ISR.png Dor Dviri
Born: 1.10.1984
Wage: 50,000 euros

i984.photobucket.com/albums/ae328/JJagr/flags/MNG.png Tuguldur Tuulhangai
Born: 17.6.1985
Wage: 50,000 euros

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SAF.png Dennis Van Niekerk
Born: 19.10.1984
Wage: 50,000 euros

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SAF.png Herman Fouche
Born: 30.3.1987
Wage: 50,000 euros

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/QAT.png Ahmed Albourdainy
Born: 4.4.1990
Wage: 50,000 euros

Summary 2012 - standings, goals and results

The 2011/2012 season almost came to the end, actually only NCs are left to race this season, so it is time of reflection and looking back. We will bring news about important NCs, especially the one from Ukraine, in the separate report.

Also we want to let you know that our teams webmaster was fired, as he failed to inform about races from September and October, sorry for that.

Team rankings

1stHet Nieuwsblad Cycling Team1824
2ndAmerican Express1565
3rdTeam Cativen1337
4thPivovarna Laško Cycling Team1258
5thSamsung-Mol Cycling Team1162
6thAlstom - Bic Pro Cycling1064
7thTeam Kingspan Continental957
8thTeam Adecco935
9thTeam UPC925
10thTeam Metinvest - Slovnaft918
11thTeam Dyson899
12thEkspla-Maxima Cycling Team896
13thTeam Serbian Telecom855
15thTeam Petrobras - Banco do Brasil610
16thTeam Finnair-Nordea558
17thEurovision Cycling Team485
18thTeam Armavia440

Our goal was to finish in the top 10 here and we did, we finished right there in the 10th spot. The margins between 7th and 14th spot was rather small, several teams were very balanced results-wise. To be honest we were hoping for top 6, but some of our riders under performed a bit, especially the one we will talk about in a while.

Individual rankings

First nameSurnameTeamPoints
1AnthonyColbyAmerican Express396
2SaïdHaddouAlstorm - Bic377
3GilbertoSampaioHet Nieuwsblad367
4FranciscoManceboTeam Kingspan Continental330
5Carlos AlbertoOspinaAmerican Express327
6MaximBurlutskyTeam Armavia320
7Luis FelipeLaverde JimenezTeam Cativen310
8RicardoSerranoPivovarna Laško301
9Ruben ElviraLobatoPivovarna Laško262
10Rubén DaríoLaverde VelezHet Nieuwsblad261
11FabioCiccareseTeam Cativen251
13DavidBeldaTeam Kingspan Continental236
14AdonisCardoso EspañolaAmerican Express221
15RuslanGrychenkoTeam Metinvest - Slovnaft216
18EdgarRestrepoTeam Cativen204
19IsidroNozalTeam UPC200
20YauhenSobalTeam Serbian Telecom195

As you can see our best rider is Ruslan Grychenko, sitiing at the 15th place in the end. Not bad you can say, but problem is that we expected a lot more from him, top 10 at least, rather even top 3/5. Why? Because Ruslan should have been the absolute best on hills of Div2 races. In the end he was far from that and majority of his points came from stage races, as he failed to enter top 3 in single day races, what a shame. We are currently thinking about what he and we did bad, but one thing is sure, Ruslan and Metinvest are both going their ways heading to 2013.

Team goals

Win goal:Tour de Maroc - failed
Top 10 goal: Chrono Gatineau - accomplished
Special goal: Going global - failed

Wins and podiums in 2012


1st Antonio Bucciero Tour of San JuanStage 3
1st Antonio Bucciero Dutch Food Valley classic
1st Dennis Van Niekerk Vuelta a AsturiasGC
1st Idan Shapira Settimana Coppi e BartaliStage 5
1st Ruslan Grychenko Tour of the LowveldStage 4


3rd Juri Krivtsov Tour of GeelongGC
3rd Denis Kostjuk Tour de MarocStage 10
3rd Ruslan Grychenko Tour of the LowveldGC
2nd Juri Krivtsov Chrono Gatineau

2013: Metinvest-Emirates (PCT) TBD
Edited by Avin Wargunnson on 07-03-2014 07:47
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Team Roster 2014

Name Role/infoWage
Jaroslav PopovychStage racer 320 000 €
Vitaliy PopkovPuncheur/TT 80 000 €
Sergiy LagkutiTime Trial60 000 €
Anatoliy PakthusovPuncheur50 000 €
Oleksandr GrygorenkoClimber/Puncheur50 000 €
Andriy VasylyukSprinter50 000 €
Denys KarnulinStage racer 50 000 €
Marlen ZmorkaTime Trial 100 000 €
Anatoliy SosnitskiyClimber 50 000 €
Volodymyr DzhusClimber 50 000 €
Andrii BratashcukPuncheur 50 000 €
Mikhail IgnatievTT/beast540 000 €
Giorgio BrambillaSprinter/Lead out50 000 €
Marco OsellaClimber60 000 €
Sergio GhisalbertiClimber/Puncheur50 000 €
Roberto TraficanteFlat/TT50 000 €
Nolan HoffmanSprinter 180 000 €
Haijun MaTime Trial 80 000 €
Eduard GrosuSprinter 100 000 €
i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/MAC.pngStefan PetrovskiClimber50 000 €
Nicolae TanovitchiiPuncheur 50 000 €
Frantisek RabonPuncheur 130 000 €
Julian Alaphilippe (loaned out)Puncheur/Sprinter 120 000 €
Mike Aaron EggerClimber 60 000 €
Andris Smirnovs (loaned out)Sprinter/Cobbles 80 000 €
Emils Liepins (stagiare)Sprinter 10 000 €

Edited by Avin Wargunnson on 08-04-2014 07:51
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Team Goals, Calendar and Results - 2014

Calendar 2014

PT wildcard

10/1 Down Under ClassicHCAsia
14/1 - 19/1 Tour Down UnderC1Asia
1/2 Tour of South China SeaC1Asia
3/2 - 9/2 Tour of South AfricaHCAfrica
6/2 Chrono des HerbiersPTEurope
11/2 - 21/2 Vuelta a MallorcaC1Europe
18/2 - 24/2 Volta Ciclista a CatalunyaPTEurope
26/2 Strade BianchiHCEurope
7/3 Kenya Mountain ClassicHCAfrica
13/3 - 17/3 Tour of UkraineC1Europe
21/3 - 24/3 Giro del TrentinoC1Europe
28/3 - 30/3 Corsica InternationalHCEurope
29/3 E3 PrijsHCEurope
1/4 - 7/4 Tour of TaiwanC1Asia
5/4 -11/4 Tour of VancouverHCAmerica
15/4 Tour of the BattenkillHCAmerica
18/4 Duo DifferdangeC1Europe
19/4 - 25/4 Tropicale Amissa BongoC1Africa
30/4 Race Horizon ParkC1Europe
1/5 - 21/5 Giro d'ItaliaPTEurope
2/5 - 7/5 Tour of JapanC1Asia
24/5 - 29/5 Tour of Taihu LakeC1Asia
11/6 - 16/6 Tour of BulgariaC1Europe
23/6 - 26/6 Ster ZLM TourC1Europe
26/6 - 30/6 Tour d'AndorraHCEurope
30/6 Monterrey TTTC1America
5/7 Isle of Man ITTC1Europe
7/7 Manx InternationalHCEurope
13/7 - 19/7 USA Pro Cycling ChallengeHCAmerica
15/7 - 20/7 Tour of SouthlandC1Asia
23/7 - 27/7 Post Danmark RundtHCEurope
29/7 Taldykorgan GPC1Asia
1/8 Clasica San SebastianHCEurope
5/8 - 15/8 Volta a PortugalHCEurope
14/8 - 18/8 Baltic Chain TourHCEurope
22/8 - 26/8 Bayern RundfahrtC1Europe
31/8 GP PlouayC1Europe
9/9 - 16/9 Tour of BritainHCEurope
20/9 GP QuebecC1America
1/10 Phil. International ChampionshipC1America
2/10 Paris-ToursHCEurope
6/10 - 15/10 Tour du FasoC1Africa
16/10 - 20/10 Tour of BeijingHCAsia
23/10 Japan CupHCAsia

Edited by Avin Wargunnson on 08-04-2014 09:07
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I'll be interested in your Italians, but I must ask, how is Moser already loaned in? Pfft

Cycleman123 wrote:
I'll be interested in your Italians, but I must ask, how is Moser already loaned in? Pfft

It`s last seasons roster. Moser is owned by Wiggle.
Avin Wargunnson
Oops, i forgot to remove that loan remark together with Moreno Moser himself, he is indeed rightful part of wonderful Wiggle (former) team. Smile

Also, Brambilla is not for sale by 100% and Capecchi is also important part of the squad, not even mentioning we would like to increase, not decrease our italian side-focus. Martinelli should end up for grabs in free agency, not enough room to develop in our colours...
Edited by Avin Wargunnson on 07-03-2014 09:02
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Can't wait to see Hoffmans wage, and then to watch aidan agonize over whether it's worth the investment :lol:
Avin Wargunnson
Well, i cant tell anything now, but some managers will be surprised for sure. Cool

(you can be part of twitter guess the Hoffman's wage game). Pfft
Edited by Avin Wargunnson on 07-03-2014 09:26
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NC jerseys and champions revealed!

Those fans who followed closely this years NCs already know that Metinvest was one of the most succesful prfessional teams worldwide ,with no less than 8 different riders grabbing either road, or TT national title. We even had some doubles, that was some harvest!

Famous designer Aidanvn13 helped us once again and designed this great jerseys to represent our winning mentality. However some of these jerseys will not see the light of 2014 season, as we had to part ways with some of national champions for next year. They clearly thought that they deserve much more money for national jersey than we thought. So several can be either released, or transfered.

Notice that last in the line is potential national jersey of Ukraine, which should serve as the lever for convincing manager Kami and TT champion Grabovski to make the deal during transfers.

Eduardo Sepulveda - TT


Nicolae Tanovitchii - road race


Ermin Van Wyk - road race


www.pcmdaily.com/images//flags/MK.png Stefan Petrovski - road race, TT


Haijun Ma - TT


Peter Kusztor - road race, TT


Ahmed Albourdainy - road race, TT


Nolan Hoffman - road race




Edited by Avin Wargunnson on 10-03-2014 06:41
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Wow you really do have a ton of national champions in your team...
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Really nice kit. Hopefully you'll get some wildcards again this season to show them off in the top flight.
Avin Wargunnson
Thanks guys, we will be really colourful bunch, despite some of the champions are going out of our squad.

We really hope for some more wildcard,maybe even giving GT a shot, that will depend on transfer season. PT is our long term goal, so every experience with it is great. Smile
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Liking the NC's, especially Macedonia Smile
I have a feeling that last NC jersey is hinting at something Pfft.
Manager of:
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Avin Wargunnson
Kami wrote:
I have a feeling that last NC jersey is hinting at something Pfft.

Well, you should read the last line in small article right above the first (argentinian) NC jersey, there is pretty clear hint pointed at Bacardi. Pfft
Edited by Avin Wargunnson on 11-03-2014 09:45
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Awesome news for you, terrific!

Seems you rigged the system, or my riders at HTC are insanely greedy Pfft

Avin Wargunnson
@Alak: Indeed great news, which made any move for Nolan highly unlikely, but as others, you can see now:

Renewals 2013-2014

Our negotiations were not long and came to plausible result. With everybody we wanted in our team for 2014 resigned, we can give hints about possibly available riders. Those were signed at minimum wage in most cases, to make talks fluent.

You can see that highlight of renewals is big paycut for Jaroslav Popovych and not so big increase for our star Nolan Hoffman. we are happy with renewals outcome, so see you in the transfers. You can give us hint now, if you are interested in someone...

Huge offer needed
NameFormer wageNew wageWage differential
Jaroslav Popovych460 000 €320 000 €-140 000 €
Nolan Hoffman130 000 €180 000 €50 000 €

Not available
Vitaliy Popkov110 000 €80 000 €-30 000 €
Sergiy Lagkuti50 000 €60 000 €10 000 €
Anatoliy Pakthusov50 000 €50 000 €0 €
Oleksandr Grygorenko50 000 €50 000 €0 €
Andriy Vasylyuk50 000 €50 000 €0 €
Denys Karnulin50 000 €50 000 €0 €
Marlen Zmorka160 000 €100 000 €-60 000 €
Anatoliy Sosnitskiy50 000 €50 000 €0 €
Volodymyr Dzhus50 000 €50 000 €0 €
Andrii Bratashcuk50 000 €50 000 €0 €
Giorgio Brambilla50 000 €50 000 €0 €
Haijun Ma150 000 €80 000 €-70 000 €
Eduard Grosu160 000 €100 000 €-60 000 €
i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/MAC.pngStefan Petrovski50 000 €50 000 €0 €
Nicolae Tanovitchii50 000 €50 000 €0 €

Available for good offer
Eros Capecchi65 000 €50 000 €-15 000 €
Mateusz Taciak50 000 €55 000 €5 000 €
Jaroslaw Dabrowski50 000 €50 000 €0 €
Tareq Esmaeli50 000 €50 000 €0 €

Available for transfer
Eduardo Sepulveda50 000 €50 000 €0 €
David Vitoria50 000 €50 000 €0 €
Ermin Van Wyk50 000 €50 000 €0 €

Looking for a PT loan
Andrea Palini50 000 €60 000 €10 000 €

Released to free agency
Oleksandr Sheydyk50 000 €free agent
Ruslan Grychenko50 000 €free agent
Davide Martinelli (stagiare)10 000 €free agent
Ahmed Albourdainy50 000 €free agent
Ryder Hesjedal80 000 €free agent
Sebastian Lang50 000 €free agent
Peter Kusztor50 000 €free agent

Edited by Avin Wargunnson on 12-03-2014 15:56
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